Imperfectly perfect casting and character sense bolster the unforgettable oeuvre of this young director, who's shot truly wacky stuff for Nike.com, Moviefone, and Land Rover, and got us rumbling with his odd indie flic Napoleon Dynamite. Be sure to check out his latest for McDonald's starring a raging deli guy, because unlike a lot of the client's other stuff, we're seriously lovin' it.
Josh & Xander, Partizan
Don't miss the quietly powerful drama on this duo's spots for adidas, Wild Aid and their PSAs for Youth Leadership Institute, including one that artfully reveals the prison-like conditions of underfunded schools. Clips-wise, their emo-ridden snapshot-style "Movie Script Ending" for Death Cab for Cutie and the visually crisp "Such Great Heights" for The Postal Service are must-sees.
Scott Lyon, Academy
Clips maven Lyon, also repped in the U.S. out of The Oil Factory, actually knows how to tell a story instead of merely blinding us with eye candy. Check out the office park on the brink of berserk in Soulwax's "Any Minute Now," and "Blind Pilots" for The Cooper Temple Cause, which will make any dude think twice about getting his rocks off at a bachelor party ho-down.
Simon & Jon, Blink Productions
This Brit team shot W+K/London and Nike's fine piece of naked poultry ass hauling through the streets of London and the rebel furniture in Ikea's "Hitchcock." Feast on their super tasty clips too, like one for Boogie Pimps, featuring a phalanx of skydiving babies descending on a hot lingeried mama and Northern Lite's Matchbox-size version of a Ronin-style chase.
Jason Reitman, Tate USA
Reitman paints personality all over the screen with his super solid storytelling and compulsively watchable characters in spots for The Atlanta Ballet, Kyocera and the New Mexico Department of Transportation. He also directed a favorite at our No Spot filmfest, about teen would-be lovers who bring their lawyers into the bedroom to negotiate a bootie call.